What are the different meanings of “attendre” in French? Don’t confuse “attendre” and the English “to attend”, they are totally different! How to talk about where you attended school? I’ll explain what you need to know about these seemingly similar words, and teach you some French expressions with “attendre” along the way!
Vocabulary and Spelling of the French Words mentioned in this episode
Attendre= to wait, to wait for
Nous attendons le train = We’re waiting for the train
Ce problème ne peut pas attendre = This problem can’t wait.
Attendre =to expect
Qu’est-ce que vous attendez de moi ? = What do you expect of me?
Attendre un bébé = to expect a baby
s’attendre à qch = to expect, to plan
Je ne m’attendais pas à une telle surprise! = I wasn’t expecting such a surprise !
Comme on pouvait s’y attendre = as expected
ne rien perdre pour attendre = to get what you deserve
Toi, tu ne perds rien pour attendre ! = Just you wait!
Sans plus attendre = without further delay, without further ado
Aller à l’école = to attend school
Aller à l’église / à la messe = to attend church / service / mass
assister à = to attend an event, to be present
assister à un match de foot = to attend a soccer game
assister à la naissance = to attend the birth
Combien d’invités seront présents? = How many guests will attend?
Vous attendez combien d’invités? = How many guests do you expect?
s’occuper de = to attend to something, to take care of
Veuillez m’excuser pendant que je m’occupe d’une affaire.= Please excuse me while I attend to a business matter.
LINKS and RESOURCES
French Your Way Podcast, Episode 20 – The 3 Ways to Pronounce “Plus” in French: http://frenchyourway.com.au/podcast20
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